Ørecomm – Centre for Communication and Glocal Change invites researchers, artists, students and practitioners to its 3rd Festival, 13–16 September2013. The Festival will start in Roskilde (1 day), move on to Malmö (2 days) and close in Copenhagen(1 day):
Memory on Trial:
Media, Citizenship and Social Justice
Living memory is a process by which citizens create meaning of the present and near past. Living memory confirms, explores or challenges dominant understandings of societal development. The media are dominating agents of memory, producing as well as silencing tensions between living memories and established history. This conflict between official history and its alternative or silenced voices has become a central concern of media, communication and cultural studies. In recent decades, we have witnessed a memory turn in the humanities and social sciences, with implications for the field of communication for development.
The third Ørecomm Festival puts the memory turn under scrutiny, addressing living memories in relation to two other central components of public sphere engagement: citizenship and social justice. As citizens we (can) actualize or make a public – and in this making we inevitably engage with social justice. Citizenship and Social Justice are of primary importance in societal debates concerning what, how and for whom we should remember – not least in transitional processes of attempted healing and conciliation. Memory work may be decisive for a society’s ability to live and develop in peace. The Festival organizers welcome investigations and interrogations of memory and how it affects aspirations for social justice and sustainable development.
Abstracts (200-300 words) due: 15 June 2013
Acceptance message: By end of June 2013
Registration (online from May): closes 1 September 2013
Contact to Festival committee: email@example.com
For the full concept note and a list of proposed themes see here on orecomm.net
Malmö University is a member of SPIDER (The Swedish Program for ICT in Developing Regions) and we have the privilege to offer travel grants to Master level students for doing field work (Degree Project) in developing countries. You can apply for a grant from 15.000 to 25.000 SEK (ca 1.600 to 2.700 €). The project must concern ”New Media and ICT for Development” and/or have an ICT4D component, and the field work must be carried out in what Sida defines as a developing country (which is not your home country). SPIDER prioritizes travel to Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Bolivia, but note that the application is to be made to Malmö University, and the decision of approval/rejection is taken locally. All Malmö University students at Master level – regardless of citizenship or residence – are eligible for the grants.
To apply for a grant, you must submit a Project PM that describes the outlines of your intended field work and a preliminary budget. Applications can be sent by e-mail and ordinary mail to
School of Arts and Communication (K3)
S-205 06 Malmö
Deadline for application: 15 May
The 3 short documentary films on life at the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – made by Tanzanian and Malmö students in collaboration – are now finally available on Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/user12784875 The filming was done in Dar es Salaam and editing in Malmö, with follow up public screenings (and lectures) in Malmö and Dar during 2010. A ComDev student (Søren Sønderstrup) observed the project from its initiation to finish and explored the project as his thesis work, Spring 2011.
You may read more about the project elsewhere on the site under ComDev projects.
Lajos Varhegyi and Anders Høg Hansen, School of Arts and Communication, Malmö and Richard Ndunguru, Fine and Performaing Art, Dar coordinated the project.
An article about the project is under preparation for an anthology.